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This LA engagement shoot with Courtney and Scott was a long time in the making, part of the hesitation may have had something to do with neither loving their photo taken, which is crazy to me because they were both so super cute. The shoot turned out to be an epic one in Los Angeles, we started by meeting them at the beautiful Bradbury building downtown but were quickly and sadly asked to leave there. Not to worry though being in LA there were so many amazing spots for us to shoot at. After a walk through the streets of downtown we ended up over at The John Ferraro building which provides a great backdrop of downtown. Part of the original plan was to go up to one of my favorite LA spots: Griffith Park Observatory. We were thankfully warned by Courtney’s mom that it was pretty much a parking lot up there. Which breaks my heart because it’s such a great spot but since the re-opening of the planetarium it’s just always so so busy. We ended up in Courtney and Scott’s adorable West Hollywood neighborhood were we incorporated their freakin’ cute pup, who proved to be a natural! While the plans changed throughout the shoot I could not be happier with the locations we used. They both were up for what happened and that always makes for a fun shoot!
Looking forward to shooting their wedding at The super hip Carondelet House in a few weeks!


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I got into New Orleans around 10:30pm slightly exhausted from the travel and still shaking off the jitters of what was the worst turbulence I have ever experienced (even the flight attendant said that- that’s how you know it was bad and I sorta really dislike flying so that was a real treat). I met Damion, the photographer I was there to work with, outside the airport waiting for a cab with his many many bags. Rolling up with my camera backpack and carry on I felt slightly guilty for not having to transport such large quantities of bags.
We made our way to the hotel, checked in and being on West coast time decided we were awake enough to go eat in The French Quarter at what was somewhere close to midnight. After accidentally taking a bite of red beans that had bacon (I’m a vegetarian who clearly doesn’t understand southern cuisine) we took a brief and…let’s say interesting walk down Bourbon Street. Honestly it was not what I was expecting…it was sorta like Vegas without the glitz and a bit more frightening. After feeling like we had seen enough off we went to sleep in preparation for a long work week.

The next day I did have some free time to shoot these photos, I felt pretty satisfied that I was able to find some musicians hanging out in The French Quarter doing their thing-something that was on my list of things to see in NOLA. Well that and consuming the beignets from Cafe du Monde- which I assure you I did…maybe I even did twice…oops!

I also was able to shoot an engagement session, and lifestyle shoot while there! Which I’m super excited about because I love doing destination engagements and weddings! I’ll be sharing those images soon!


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So much planning and money goes into your wedding day, and every couple wants their wedding to be a hit with their family and friends. However sometimes good intentions may not be enough to throw your guests a wedding that will knock their socks off. Not to fear! For this very reason we have put together a list of the top 5 common wedding guests complaints and what you can do to avoid them and have your wedding be as super awesome as possible!

1-Asking your guests to fork out the dough

Every bride needs to stick within a budget and that’s completely understandable. However if possible it’s advised by many wedding professionals and wedding guests that you not ask your guests to pay for drinks at your wedding.

How to avoid this complaint: Yes open bars can be expensive, if you don’t have the budget to do so think about serving a limited selection of beer, wine and champagne. Another idea would also be to have a couple signature drinks at no charge for your guests. View full post »

“In a sea of photographers how do I choose?”

This is something I commonly here from brides. The sheer overwhelming feeling that comes across them when they start on their search for a wedding photographer. All the while throughout their search being met with such terms as “natural light photographer” and statements like “we create modern bohemian images with a flare” or the horror of all horrors; photo tech speak “I shoot on a Canon 5d Markii with a 24-70 2.8 L series lens” And your thinking: “saaaaaay whhhaaaat?
Now it’s no wonder figuring out who you should hire is like some masters crash course in photography you didn’t sign up for. How should you be expected to be a savant on the subject all the sudden?!
To try to ease the pain of comparing apples to apples, apples to oranges and oranges to cantaloupes we have put together a list of four tips to help you select your wedding photographer.

First let’s go with probably the easiest to judge, the photographer’s style. Does it interest you? Do you like it? Do you LOVE it? Could you not see yourself hiring anyone else because a certain photographer’s style is everything you’ve ever dreamed of for your photos. It’s important that you love the work of who you are hiring- because the style is going to go hand and hand with the photographer. If you end up hiring a super modern/editorial photographer and later ask them to shoot super traditional, it’s not going to work out well for anyone. It will stifle your photographer creatively and more than likely you’ll end up with less than stellar shots. Which sorta leads me into the next item…


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A few weeks back I walked into the staging area for our shoot at Francis Parker and was overcome by the amount of amazing San Diego vendors who had come together to make this recent styled shoot a huge success. There must have been 10-15 people in the large space, where Francis Parker plans to hold wedding receptions, all working together to create beautiful hair and makeup, gorgeous bridal style, and an amazing dessert table. We all came together to create what was the first bridal styled shoot at San Diego’s newest wedding venue. Francis Parker exudes beautiful modern design with gorgeous open landscapes- which sorta make it a no brainer to host weddings.

I’m a big fan of doing these types of shoots, I think they are a great way to connect with and network with other vendors. I’ve met some amazing people this way and I know we’ll all be working together again in the future. If your interested in some tips on putting together a styled shoot check out a post I did with tips on how to do just that: How to set up a styled shoot
I was lucky enough to work with these great vendors who brought our modern gothic theme to life:

Design by: Savvy Soiree
Floral: Blooms by Breesa Lee
Signage: Take Note! Creations
Hair Pieces: what a Betty
Hair and Makeup: The Doll Service
Furniture: Rickety Swank
Macarons: La Reine Des Macarons
Cake: Hey There, Cupcake!
Cupcakes: Frost Me Gourmet
Gowns: The Dress Theory
Tux: Friar Tux
Chargers: Classic Party Rentals
Linens: Concepts Event Design
Venue: Francis Parker

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